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UXO 101 Informational Brief 1940s Bomb and Shell Disposal Squads Source – National Archives Donated by Rick Stauber (U.S. Army EOD Retired)

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2 UXO 101 Informational Brief 1940s Bomb and Shell Disposal Squads Source – National Archives Donated by Rick Stauber (U.S. Army EOD Retired)

3 1) When was the earliest concerted civilian lead effort by the DoD to clear UXO areas (i.e., WWII bombing, gunnery and training areas)? 2) Who conducted the clearance and who (i.e., what USACE District) managed / contracted the efforts? TRIVA Questions

4 1940s- Bomb and Shell Disposal Units (multiple – at least 14 squads) TSU (Detachment 14) Bomb and Shell Unit

5 Who, Where, and Policy  USACE LA District  Engineers  Laborers  Local hired horsemen  Prisoners  Locations:  Camp Lockett, Ca  Victorville Army Air Base, Ca  Fort Huachuca, AZ  Port Angeles, WA  Camp Claiborne, LA  Camp Wolters, TX  Pueblo Precision Bombing Range, CO  Camp Hale, CO  Policy Directives  Surplus Real Estate Directive (SPD)  LA District  Certificate of Clearance typically issued

6 Images The following images are from reports found at the National Archives documenting the progress of Detachment 14 of the Bomb and Shell Disposal Squad Images from 1946 – 1949 taken at various locations

7 Bomb and Shell Disposal Squad Det 14 Range Sweep

8 100lbs. GP Bomb HE filled

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14 Preparing the Disposal Shot

15 A Disposal Shot

16 81mm Mortar Tail Fin

17 Unexploded Mortars

18 Unexploded Mortars and Mortar Debris

19 Aircraft Flare M26 Parachute

20 M38 Practice Bomb

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22 Victorville, CA UXO Search

23 Victorville, CA Target Circle

24 Victorville, CA Target

25 Victorville, CA Demolition Area

26 Victorville, CA Demolition Target “Y”

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